Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868

Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868


In this engrossing and informative better half to her New York Times bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil conflict via providing a riveting examine Washington, D.C. and the studies, impression, and contributions of its girls in this momentous interval of yankee history.

With the outbreak of the Civil warfare, the small, social Southern city of Washington, D.C. came upon itself stuck among warring aspects in a four-year conflict that will ascertain the way forward for the United States.

After the statement of secession, many desirable Southern ladies left the town, leaving their friends—such as Adele Cutts Douglas and Elizabeth Blair Lee—to grapple with safety issues and sanitation because the capital was once reworked into a major Union military camp and later a health center. With their husbands, brothers, and fathers marching off to conflict, both at the battlefield or within the halls of Congress, the ladies of Washington joined the reason besides. And extra girls went to the Capital urban to enlist as nurses, provide organizers, aid staff, and reporters. Many risked their lives making munitions in a hugely flammable arsenal, toiled on the Treasury division printing bucks to finance the warfare, and plied their needlework abilities on the army Yard—once the only real province of men—to stitch canvas gunpowder baggage for the troops.

Cokie Roberts chronicles those women's expanding independence, their political empowerment, their critical position in retaining the Union unified in the course of the battle, and in aiding heal it as soon as the battling used to be performed. She concludes that the struggle not just replaced Washington, it additionally without end replaced where of women.

Sifting via newspaper articles, govt files, and personal letters and diaries—many by no means earlier than published—Roberts brings the war-torn capital into concentration during the lives of its ambitious women.

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